By Ismail S. Bangura
Two Ultra modern Ship to Shore Carnes procured Bollore Transport and Logistics as part of the ongoing modernization of the Freetown quay safely arrived on board a ship from China in the early hours of Wednesday and Berth at the new Terminal.
The arrival of the cranes explains progress registered so far in the Port extension works being undertaken by Bollore and to a large extent gives assurance that the September completion date set by company will be met.
The French Company which took over the operations of the container section of Freetown Terminal a couple in 2011with a commitment to transforming same to an ultra modern quay as in the case of developed countries is close to becoming a dream come true.
Former President Koroma formally inaugurated the Freetown Port extension project in a well attended ceremony in November last year.
The $120M project kicks started in April last year is in full gear with Civics and other engineering works are projected to last for a year. The actual completion and commencement of operations of the new port is slated for September 1st. 2018.
The Country Manager of Bollore in Sierra Leone Capt. Fabjanko Kokan told this medium in an interview that his company is determined to complete and change the narrative of the Queen Elizabeth II Quay.
Speaking to newsmen at the Quay on Friday 11th May, 2018, Captain Fabjanko Kokan – Country Manager Bolloré Transport and Logistics Transportation said the $30M worth Cranes are procured as part of the ongoing Freetown Terminal Extension Project.
Capt. Fabjanko went on to state that on completion of the ongoing project, Sierra Leone will have a new quay of 270m at -13m, 3.5 Half of new storage area, 2 Ship-to-Shore Cranes and 4 RTG. He said the new quay will be on operation on September 1st, 2018 with 3780 TEUS of extra capacity, 166 reefers plugs and Power plant of 6 MW designed to provide 100% of the needs.
Arolyn I. Koroma . Eidtor-in -Chief, The Bai Bureh Times